Memoir March

This month The Virginia Shop will host two Richmonders at the Library of Virginia to present their memoirs. Although this was not planned, we’re coining the month of March as “Memoir March” and we hope you can join us to celebrate these unique true stories.

Our first event of the month is a book launch with Rosemary Rawlins and her memoir, Learning By Accident.
On a sunny spring day, in an ordinary suburban kitchen, the phone rings. There’s been an accident. In one heartbeat, a family’s life is changed forever.

After her husband, Hugh, is hit by a car while riding his bicycle, Rosemary Rawlins is plunged into twelve months of marathon caregiving, without the promise of a positive outcome. She works herself to the point of exhaustion to bring her grievously injured husband—who suffered a traumatic brain injury, necessitating the removal of half his skull—back home and back to himself. Then, as he slowly begins to reclaim his life, Rosemary falls apart. She can’t sleep. Her heart pounds. Her joy and trust in the world dissolve into endless anxiety. She lays awake at night wondering how her marriage will survive. Will she ever be able to relate to Hugh again? What will become of their relationship? Their children? Do they recognize each other—literally—as the people they fell in love with and married decades ago? How can she let go of her fears? And what can she learn from them?

Learning by Accident is a caregiver’s story of ambiguous loss, family love, and emotional healing. This compelling personal account demonstrates with heart and humor that what we fear can be more debilitating than any physical injury. And that sometimes starting over is exactly what we need.

BOOK LAUNCH: Learning By Accident by Rosemary Rawlins
March 12, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Library of Virginia Lobby and Conference Rooms
*Free, secure parking beneath the building*
Wine and cheese reception followed by the book talk.

Pre-order your copy of Learning By Accident here: http://www.thevirginiashop.org/leaningbyaccidentacaregiverstruestoryoffearfamilyandhop.aspx
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The second event will be a classic Books on Broad event featuring Slash Coleman and his memoir, The Bohemian Love Diaries.
Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman’s upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrants–including a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rouge–and raised near the capital of the Confederacy during the 1970s and ’80s, young Slash sets out to find true love. Unfortunately, he’s his own worst enemy. Obsessions with Evel Knievel, rock band KISS, and crisscrossing the country to find the girl of his dreams set his quest for happiness on a hapless course.

Hilarious and profound, Coleman slowly comes to terms with his father, a genius sculptor and volatile alcoholic, and his mother, a Holocaust survivor who makes him promise never to reveal that he’s Jewish. A touching portrait emerges of a young artist whose passionate spirit refuses to be suppressed. A swift kick to the funny bone, The Bohemian Love Diaries and its laugh-out-loud perversity conjure Jonathan Ames and Augusten Burroughs with a tender edge, revealing what might have happened if John Hodgman raised Holden Caulfield in Chuck Palahniuk’s attic. It will leave you howling.

Books on Broad: The Bohemian Love Diaries by Slash Coleman
March 19, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Library of Virginia Lobby and Conference Rooms
*Free, secure parking beneath the building*
Wine and cheese reception followed by the book talk.

Pre-order your copy of The Bohemian Love Diaries here: http://www.thevirginiashop.org/thebohemianlovediaries.aspx

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